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An Egg Is Quiet

Dianna Hutts Aston. Sylvia Long, illus.
Publisher Chronicle  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 11 x 9 x 0.2 inches
ISBN 9781452131481
Pages/Publication Date 36/2014
Daedalus Item Code 69309
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(A Junior Library Guild Selection) Who knew eggs could be so varied—and so beautiful? From tiny hummingbird eggs to giant ostrich eggs, oval ladybug eggs to tubular dogfish eggs, gooey frog eggs to fossilized dinosaur eggs, this is a memorable celebration of the beauty and wonder of eggs. Lyrically written and gorgeously illustrated, this informative and inspiring nature book for readers 5 to 9 introduces more than 60 types of eggs. Dianna Hutts Aston's thematic descriptions draw in younger listeners, while older readers are treated to an array of fascinating, often surprising egg facts, all illustrated with Sylvia Long's superb naturalist watercolors that will make you wish you could actually pick these eggs up and hold them.

"Like the subject matter it describes, this book packages with understated elegance the substantive matter found within it. 'An egg is quiet. It sits there, under its mother's feathers ... on top of its father's feet ... buried beneath the sand,' Aston begins, as spot illustrations zero in on a hummingbird, emperor penguin and sea turtle, respectively. The narrative then launches into a kind of survey about the characteristics of eggs, which follows a simple format.... The main text appears in large, flowery cursive, while a smaller printed typeface serves as labels and brief factual captions. 'An egg is clever,' in fancy script, for instance, sits alongside examples of camouflage: 'An egg might be speckled to resemble the rocks around it.'... This attractive volume pleases on both an aesthetic and intellectual level."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"This engrossing album pairs images of dozens of precisely detailed eggs and their diverse wild parents to basic facts presented in neatly hand-lettered lines. Nearly all [are] depicted actual size (and those that aren't, are consistently so labeled).... Aston adds both topical phrases—'Eggs come in different sizes'—to each spread and, usually, memorably presented additional facts: 'An ostrich egg can weigh as much as 8 pounds. It's so big and so round, it takes two hands to hold one egg.' A delight for budding naturalists of all stripes, flecks, dots and textures."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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